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Joining a Gun Club

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by W.P.T., Dec 3, 2009.

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  1. W.P.T.

    W.P.T. TS Member

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    I would check on the laws in your area and make a list of the liability clauses, any good lawyer can make a case out of nothing and financially break you if in fact they do have a case based on something ... Lead being on the property is one thing as long as someone don't pick it up and try to eat it ... That would fall under self induced but you never know, you know (see above) ... I'm not sure there has been an established standard for cases where a gun club is involved, but anything is possible ... If someone wants to sue you, they don't need a good reason, they only need a good Attorney in most cases ...
    WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  2. fssberson

    fssberson Active Member

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    Most gun clubs are set up as not for profit corporations organized under their respective state laws. These laws afford significant protection to the members as individuals. This is generally referred to as the "corporate veil". Google it along with the name of your state for more information.

    The status of most corporations can be checked online at the website of your state's Secretary of State or Department of Corporation. Get the legal name of the gun club and check it there.

    The club itself should have at least $1,000,000 in general liability insurance to protect it from tort actions like someone being injured. Liability for enviromental lead contamination can not be covered by insurance. Your club should have a Best Lead Management certificate from the EPA and at least 1 member who is familiar with lead management practices. However, while the club as a whole can suffer dire consequences for inadequate lead management, individual members would still have the corporate veil protection.
     
  3. Barry C. Roach

    Barry C. Roach Well-Known Member

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    A club needs more than $1million of umbrella liability insurance. Let your insurance agent and a business advisor advise you.
     
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